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Hugh Brown has been involved in the pro-life movement for most of his life. The son of Judie Brown, Hugh currently serves on the board of American Life League and is proficient in subjects relating to marriage, children, and the family.
Hugh is a veteran of the nonprofit direct mail fundraising world, focusing most of his efforts on the Catholic marketplace, helping many organizations grow and expand their fundraising efforts. He is a sought-after speaker for fundraising matters, with a solid understanding of creating and producing effective appeals and other direct mail communications.
Active in his church and community, Hugh is also the founder and chairman of the board of Saint Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is also the founder of the Catholic Business Network of Central Virginia, responsible for over $1,500,000 raised and given to local Catholic schools since 2004.
Hugh’s direct mail company, AKA, supports scores of athletic teams in the greater Fredericksburg area as well as many Catholic parishes and Catholic and Christian schools and churches including Bethany Christian Services, Mary’s Shelter, and the Paul Stefan Home—all dedicated to the sanctity of human life. Nationally the company is quietly active behind the scenes supporting many organizations doing good works.
Hugh attended the University of Maryland, where he was a varsity football player from 1987 to 1991. Hugh is married and the father of five children.
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James W. Sedlak, M.S., is vice president of American Life League and a recognized leading expert in the pro-life movement.
Jim holds a bachelor of science in physics from Manhattan College (Bronx, New York) and a master of science in industrial administration from Union College (Schenectady, New York). He began his professional career as a physics teacher at Marymount High School in New York City. He then joined IBM Corporation where he worked for 30 years as a research physicist and manager for corporate new products release and control methodologies. While working for IBM, Jim published four invention disclosures, received seven company awards, ran numerous corporate-wide task forces, achieved the position of senior engineer, and was recognized as the corporate expert on the release and control of engineering changes. He joined the pro-life movement in 1980 and set into motion—as cofounder and director—Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) in 1985. He retired from IBM in 1993 to devote a full-time effort to the pro-life cause.
In 1994, Jim formed STOPP International on the global stage as its president and merged it into American Life League in 1998. In 1993, Jim was identified by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as one of the 15 “most active” fighters against Planned Parenthood sex education programs. He was also featured in two segments of its anti-life film, Unholy Alliance, in 1995.
A national and international speaker, Jim has made presentations at conventions hosted by American Life League, Concerned Women for America, Human Life International, and Coral Ridge Ministries. He has given pro-life talks in Canada, England, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia. He was a special one-hour guest on the Dr. Laura radio show and has made TV appearances on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Mother Angelica’s EWTN worldwide network, the MTV Sex in the Nineties series, the 2007 HBO documentary Friends of God, and numerous local and regional TV shows. In addition, Jim continues to provide timely commentaries on numerous local and national radio programs including The Bishop’s Hour, Truth that Transforms, and Point of View.
Jim is also publisher of the Wednesday STOPP Report and author of Deadly Deception and Parent Power!! Jim has received many awards and recognitions, including the 1984 Dutchess County Right to Life’s Pro-Lifer of the Year Award, the 1987 Expectant Mother Care’s New York Pro-Life Champion Award, the 1987 Parent’s Roundtable’s Family Life Award, the 1988 American Life League’s Unsung Hero Award, and the 1993 Distinguished Service to Life Award from pro-lifers in Grand Haven, Michigan.
In addition to these achievements, Jim has served as president of a parent teacher organization; has been a guest medical ethics lecturer at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Newburgh, New York; and was an annual guest ethics lecturer (1986-1992) at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Jim and his wife, Michaeleen, reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They have three grown children and 10 grandchildren. He is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4034, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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Mary Flores is the educational outreach coordinator for American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization. She works directly with American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program, which strives to build a culture of life by helping students understand the value of every human being and by inspiring a new generation of young people who will defend preborn children, respect all human beings from creation to death, and speak the truth with confidence in defense of the innocent.
Mary brings to American Life League over 20 years of experience in community education, outreach, and activism, as well as her experience as a homeschooling mother of six. Her positive outlook in the face of our current battle against the culture of death is rooted in her strong Catholic faith. She finds daily inspiration for her work in prayer and in time spent with her family.
As a member of American Life League’s speakers’ bureau, Mary is available to speak on a number of topics related to family and building a culture of life. Topics include Raising Pro-Life Kids: Building a Culture of Life in Your Home; The Importance of Pro-Life Education; and Building a Culture of Life in Your Community.
Raising Pro-life Kids: Building a Culture of Life in your Home
The Importance of Pro-life Education
Building a Culture of Life in Your Community